Docs body welcome State Govt’s move to reduce service period for PG quota
Chandigarh, 26 June, 2019: A day after Health and Family Welfare Department Punjab gave relaxation of compulsory services for admission quota to the Pots Graduate courses, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association, in a press release issued by organizing secretary Dr Indervir Singh Gill and Dr Manohar Singh general secretary of PCSMA have expressed satisfaction over the move. It was a long pending demand of the PCMSA and they had been taking this matter on priority during all type of agitations and struggle.
The Punjab Government had issued a notification regarding PG policy for Medical Officers by reducing the number of years of service. Earlier the doctors had to serve for 4 years in more difficult areas and for 6 years in difficult areas to avail benefit of 30% marks but now they can get the same after 3 years and 4.5 years of service respectively. Also, they can get 20% marks after 2 years in more difficult and 3 years in difficult areas.
“This will go a long way in meeting shortage of doctors and strengthening Primary health care in Punjab. However, we feel that the government needs to restore 60% quota for in serving candidates and to restore full pay including Non Practice Allowance to meet the shortfall of specialists at community Health Centres, district and sub divisional hospitals”, said Dr Gagandeep Singh Moga, the president of the PCMSA.
“The state government has taken a step which will be a milestone in the history of the medical services of the state as more doctors will be ready to join government services in view of getting admission in PG courses through government sector”, said Dr Gagandeep Singh Shergill , senior vice Presiden t of PCSMA